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January 19. 2012 1:20PM

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NEWS
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U.S. v. BROWN - Convictions of New Hampshire tax evaders upheld
A nine-month long stand-off between United States Marshals (the "Marshals") and husband and wife team, Edward and Elaine Brown, resulted in the Browns' criminal convictions. Edward and Elaine1 each appealed and we consolidated. Both claim that the district court committed a myriad of errors justifying reversal. After careful consideration, we reject each argument and affirm.


NH 2nd healthiest state despite low taxes, no seat-belt or helmet laws, highest pot use and alcohol sales per capita, cheap cigarettes and poutine
The information makes "Live Free or Die" seem a particularly apt state motto.


Religious flagon missing for decades returned to Milford, Mass., church thanks to eagle-eyed NH eBay shopper
MILFORD - Longtime parishioners never knew about the silver pitcher until Lester Gibbs, a chaplain with the Vermont State Grange who lives in Hanover, N.H., contacted the church last month saying he had recently purchased the item on the Internet and wanted to return it.


Ariz. sheriff says Google to receive search warrant after video praises death of deputy by man who also killed NH couple
Arpaio says he wants to identify the author or authors of an anti-cop blog that threatens him and praises the recent death of a deputy -- and calls his killer a martyr. "Deputy Coleman lost his life after he came across a suspect who already killed at least two innocent people in Sedona," Arpaio says. "How could anyone insult my deputy to such as a degree as does the person responsible for this disgusting website?"


American Lung Association gives most states an F for tobacco prevention, NH scored about an F-
New Hampshire was the only state to cut its cigarette tax, trimming 10 cents per pack in 2011. ALA says higher costs reduce tobacco consumption.


Vt. revenue falls short, lawmakers eye the wallets of smokers but NH's shadow looms large
When the House begins debate today on a midyear budget adjustment bill, the House Appropriations Committee will propose that the $2 million in extra cigaratte taxes be used to plug a newly identified $1.8 million budget hole.


Sanford residents push Metrocast for local French TV channel


Milford library receives anonymous $10,000 gift


Historian eyes Jew Pond in Mont Vernon for documentary
Town residents get to weigh in on the issue later this year in a warrant article asking whether the name should be changed.


Tree-destroying insects spotted in Milford
Birds carry two insect pests that are preying on hemlock trees, and both pests – the woolly adelgid and hemlock scale – are in Milford.


BUSINESS
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RE/MAX report finds glut of foreclosed homes depressing values
Positive outlook for turn around in Federal Reserve pledge to keep key interest rates at historically low levels until mid-2013.


Former librarian is new owner of Annie's Book Stop in Laconia


Former UNH prof. to head Suffolk University


Ruger on target for million-gun goal, with $1 per gun going to NRA
The company employs 800 people at three New Hampshire factories.


FEATURES / ENTERTAINMENT
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Arts group gives up on Colonial Theater purchase


Pro-gay marriage play '8' adds Durham date, but no George Clooney
Some of the first productions this year will be in New Hampshire, where gay-rights activists are fighting an attempt to repeal the state's gay-marriage law. “8” will be performed at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H., on Feb. 7 and then three days later at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, N.H.


NH playwright brings remade 'Our Town' political satire to Newburyport stage


A plush attraction: Historic carriage robes now on display at local museum


Almost famous: Film looks back at the Seacoast's '90s music scene


Snow sculpting contest turns N.H. nook into winter wonderland


Bell letter, phone drawing fetches over $92,000


POLITICS
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Conway Daily Sun: Passenger fares cover small portion of Blue Loon costs
TAMWORTH – Fare is just $2, but it costs an average of $150 per rider for the Blue Loon to provide bus service from Wolfeboro to Conway.


ABC: Polling location may influence vote, study finds
Regardless of their religious views, people surveyed near a church responded with more conservative views on a range of political issues, from border patrol to gay marriage.


Rep. Gene Chandler says county government should be abolished to eliminate a layer of government


PRIMARY
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Bloomberg: Santorum lobbyist meetings part of ‘Insider' history he rejects


Paul campaign files federal suit over anonymous 'Manchurian Candidate' ad attacking Huntsman


OPINION
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Concord Monitor: Attack on unions should be repelled


Boston Globe's Peter DeMarco: Breaking a few of New Hampshire's rules
Even without a seat belt law, New Hampshire drivers are buckling up at a higher rate than Massachusetts residents.


UCLA: Teens raised by gay parents as happy as other teens
Gay and lesbian parents drew an unwelcome attack earlier this month from presidential hopeful Rick Santorum as he campaigned in New Hampshire. UCLA study


Foster's Editorial Board: Economist says gay marriage undermines state's fiscal stability


Stltoday editorial board decries U.S. Supreme Court decision rejecting NH man's claim as to unconstitutionality of eye-witness testimony in Perry v. New Hampshire
Rather than acknowledge the significance of the abundant research, the Supreme Court, except for dissenting Justice Sonia Sotomayor, chose established process over fairness. The injustices are sure to continue.


The Nation: Our dangerous devotion to eyewitness testimony


SPORTS
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Patriots cheerleaders ranked most awesome in NFL


Ex-Bruins to skate in rehab center fundraiser
The Boston Bruins Alumni Classic, a fundraiser featuring a team of former Bruins against employees and friends of the Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, will be held Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. at Saint Anselm's Sullivan Arena in Manchester.


Boston University vs. New Hampshire: Terriers visit Wildcats with win streak on the line


BleacherReport: Is former Fisher Cat McDade the next Big Papi?


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